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Queen Charlotte Drive itinerary

Detour to Kenepuru Sound

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Linkwater is the detour point for Kenepuru Sound. It is the road access for two well known resorts. A road trip is approximately 2 hours to the end of the no exit road (you have to return on the same route). The road climbs up a saddle above Endeavour Inlet of the Queen Charlotte Sound and then loops, winds its way around the side of Mt Stokes, above Gore Bay, and finally down to the north into Titirangi Bay.

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PUNGA COVE RESORT is road accessible via this route as is MISTLETOE ECO-RESORT. A gem is unwrapped at the end of the road. Titirangi Bay is a pretty remote beach; the reward for turning up. From there the road continues down to a small camping ground where you can access the beach. The small campground has no powered sites. The Titirangi Farm Park campground has toilet and shower (cold) facilities.

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The road is gravel for approximately 20 km. This is a genuine off the beaten track short journey. The road is narrow, winding and the views are sometimes ‘blocked’ by large trees. This is not a road trip for anyone who suffers from vertigo or car sickness. For visitors who want to stay awhile check out Kenepuru Head campsite managed by the Department of Conservation. Turn off Queen Charlotte Drive at Linkwater into Kenepuru Road and follow for 40 km to Kenepuru Head. Sealed, narrow and winding road. The closest boat launching is at Sandy Bay, 2.5 kms before the camp travelling from Portage.

NOTE

It is advisable to check for road conditions before planning a road trip to Kenepuru Sound as storm damage can lead to temporary closures.

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